What did cowboys eat on the range?

what did cowboys eat on the range
Texas Cowboys eating lunch. 1907 
These cowboys are eating out of cans. Canned tomatoes and canned peaches were cowboy favorites on the range. They probably got sick of beans...cowboys ate a lot of beans, dried beef, buffalo or pork and more beans. Dried meat was called Jerky which was a way of preserving the meat so it would last. It was made and eaten by Native Americans as well as the cowboys of America.

In 1866 the first chuckwagons started moving from camp to camp feeding the cowboys. Find out more about what food was served to the cowboys from the chuckwagons here.

RESOURCES: Cowboy Culture: A Saga of Five Centuries by David Dary

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